Design Software

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rbarnett's picture
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I'm looking for some fairly simple to use software I can draw floorplans with for electrical design. Nothing too complex, but I would need a library of electrical symbols. Any ideas appreciated.

stranberg's picture
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Bluebeam Revu is great. Available for windows computers or on an iPad.

ecmjacomen's picture
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Electrical calculations for a project based on the many, many requirements of the NEC is not an easy task (for example: wire & conduit size, OCP, VD, derating factors, continuous / noncontinuous loads, nonlinear loads, motors, grounding, etc). It requires many, many hours of learning and practice until one can understand and master it. Now consider when you enter the professional field. Making MANUALLY these calculations for a given project is time consuming and prone to errors. Could you recommend a professional software program oriented to the NEC (dwelling occupancies, other than dwelling occupancies, etc.) that can help?

rbarnett's picture
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Thanks! Got it on the App Store and trying out.

Kadeselfer's picture
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I am always a big fan of CAD. You can download free electrical libraries there.

franklin w chandler jr's picture
Joined: 2014-04-12

Must have for electrical calculations is FlashWorks -- worth the cost and you can trial use it 3 times. I also use EDReference software. Wish you luck.

kkc4's picture
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If you're just looking for software to draw the floor plan and add electrical and structured wiring symbols you might check our Residential Wire Pro software. There is a 60 day trial available.

ecmjacomen's picture
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Thanks Franklyn for your info.
Flashworks is a very basic software program for service load calculation. It has also a module for wire & conduit sizing and other module for VD calculation. Without entering into the details, this program, like many others, is not an integrated program. Service load calculation is independent of the corresponding wire & conduit sizing module. Same for the VD. In other words, once you have the results of the service load calculation, to determine its corresponding wire size you must enter MANUALLY the results of the service load calculation into the wire & conduit sizing module, and then, enter MANUALLY these results into the VD module to finally obtain the final results.
What I’m looking for is precisely, an integrated software program. one that AUTOMATICALLY integrates the different modules.

Stephan-DE's picture
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Hello to all,

maybe WSCAD is interesting for you. There is a Trial version an www.wscad.com

rbarnett's picture
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Thanks kkc4. I like the Residential Wire Pro. I hadn't thought of CMH software for this. I use some of their other software and it is extremely simple. Works well.

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The best electrical design software for the money is Designmaster. This integrates into AutoCAD and provides calculations, schedules, one lines, fault currents, voltage drops and even gets into BIM if needed. I've used this software for over 12 years and it keeps getting better. Very easy to use, it operates like an engineer thinks.

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